St. Charles Avenue’s Couture Wedding Guide

A generations-old New Orleans tradition

Vera Wang two-piece gown in silk gazaar and tissue organza with multi-tiered peplum bodice and cascading peplum skirt with ladder technique detail at Mimi.

Theresa Cassagne

The extraordinary resources New Orleans provides for its own brides, as well as for couples who choose our city as a wedding destination, include family-owned businesses. Personalized service and attention to detail make the nuptial planning process a breeze.

Adler’s bridal registry offers a vast selection of tabletop items and home décor in traditional, classic and contemporary patterns. Couples can register at any of Adler’s three locations, and guests can purchase gifts in-store or at AdlersJewelry.com using Adler’s time-honored gift-card system, providing the advantage of flexibility when purchasing and receiving gifts. For every seven place-settings of china, crystal or silver a registrant receives, her eighth setting is free. Adler’s also carries a selection of gifts for the entire bridal party as well as fine invitation stationery, making Adler’s a one-stop shop for today’s busy bride! 
  
The Old-World charm and elegance of Scriptura creates an inspired environment in which to discover your wedding stationery trousseau. Its in-house letterpress studio and couture designs, signature New Orleans themes and personal attention fuel the prenuptial excitement. Whether it is invitations, save the dates, programs, menus or thank you notes being created, Scriptura’s expertise and creative direction is unparalleled.

More than 150 years old, New Orleans City Park has been delighting guests for generations. Spanning the transition in art and architecture between neoclassical revival and art deco styles, City Park, through its bridges, buildings and outdoor sculptures is a constant source of delight for visitors and provides the ideal backdrop for your fairy tale wedding. For a wedding brochure with detailed information on its catering and venue selections, contact the sales office at 488-2896.

Be a guest at your own event and consult New Orleans event planner Terry Cambise, owner of A Soirée, to turn the planning process into a flawless journey from start to finish. Offering full-service event planning and design emphasizing the highest level of professionalism in production and quality service, Cambise can plan a wedding event guided by your vision with meticulous attention to detail.

Partners Roy Dunn and Stephen Sonnier of Dunn & Sonnier Flowers and Antiques are collectors of unusual plant materials and vintage containers. Their lower Magazine Street shop is overflowing with exotic birds, oversized orchids and a stunning array of antiques and gifts for home and garden. Sonnier consults his brides on venue selection as well as comprehensive floral design.  Known for creating unique bouquets inspired by the bride’s gown, Sonnier imports flowers from growers all over the world, saying first-cut blooms ensure longevity without duplication.

Mimi, the South’s largest Vera Wang Bridal retailer, continues to emphasize superb after-the-sale service. Spend an hour with Vera Wang consultant Gail Hester for an unparalleled glimpse at the fashion of romance. Expert alterations by seamstress Dami Behlar are complimentary, and the store has updated its website, adding the most recent information regarding the Vera Wang Collection, links and alerts to the designer’s semi-annual trunk show. 
Since 1924, Rubensteins has built a nationwide reputation by offering distinguished men’s fashion brands such as Brioni, Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna and Black Label by Ralph Lauren. Tuxedos are sold ready-to-wear
or custom made. Voted “Best of Class” by Esquire magazine for the past three years, here is where the style-conscious groom finds designer clothing, shoes and accessories for his wedding and beyond. Complimentary valet parking on Canal Street, expert alterations and personalized service make this family-owned business a fashion destination.

Celebrating its 40th year, Pearl’s Place is the South’s largest bridal store, stocking a stunning array
of styles at every price range. Featuring current trends as well as the best representations of classic styles, Pearl’s offers every pertinent bridal and bridesmaids’ line with a sample of each style on hand. Fred and Elaine Schulman’s family-operated business has set the standard for selection, fast delivery of special orders and complimentary alterations, and appointments aren’t required.

A Schulman family member is always on-site to provide reliable answers and contact with manufacturers.

Perlis, a mainstay in the men’s clothing business since 1939, is known regionally for its selection of summer-weight suits in poplin, seersucker and white linen as well as its fully stocked young men’s and boys’ department, and it carries classic Eton suits for the smallest members of the bridal party. Perlis also offers superior formalwear rentals including tuxedos and tails as well as morning and afternoon attire.
The in-store Ladies Boutique collections cater to special-occasion needs and the Perlis signature crawfish shirt remains a popular gift to groomsmen.

Since 1932, Town & Country Bridal has been the source for all wedding attire needs, from jewelry and footwear to the latest fashion in bridal and bridesmaids’ dresses. Located on St. Charles Avenue in the Garden District, the store stocks one of the state’s most extensive collection of gowns that can be found in a privately owned shop, which makes it a destination for brides across the South. Featured designers include industry stars like Christos, Jim Jhelm, Lazaro and Pronovias. Spacious fitting rooms, knowledgeable consultants and three full-time in-house alterations experts makes the entire experience memorable, start to finish.

Expect an unforgettable wedding experience from the talented staff of Margo E. Bouanchaud Catering. The 25-year-old Baton Rouge-based business lends incomparable southern-style and signature artistic elegance to social events and weddings. Bouanchaud’s reputation for culinary excellence, creative displays and personalized consideration consistently delights clients and their guests. According to Bouanchaud, the three things that guide her work on every wedding she caters are taste, beauty and function. “It must be delicious, plentiful, exceptionally attractive and easy for guests to enjoy,” she says.

This year, Swiss Confectionery, New Orleans’ oldest family-owned and operated bakery, celebrates 90 years in business. The founder’s great-grandson, Laurent Moecklin, creates wedding cakes to serve wedding parties of 15 to 500, offering a wide array of designs. Groom’s cakes and assortments of petit fours and other bite-sized confections are offered. Sample cake tastings Thursday through Saturday, its central location on St. Charles Avenue and free delivery of your wedding cake anywhere in the Greater New Orleans area have made Swiss Bakery the choice of New Orleans brides for generations.

 

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